Monday, December 17, 2018

December 2018 Tech Tips

Here are few tech tips for over the holidays,

Google Slides now allows you to have Closed Captioning for your presentation, only available in english, you can have the system write down everything your saying, live, a bit like the voice typing feature.

Loads of Christmas Activities
As of the 24th follow the Santa Tracker.

Semaine numériqc à l'école La Semaine numériQC à l’école propose des projets pédagogiques actuels et stimulants pour les élèves du 1er cycle du secondaire et leurs enseignants. Thématique 2018-19 Médias sociaux, citoyenneté numérique, blogue, robotique, programmation. Dès le début janvier.

Apple - Everyone Can Create guides in french and english
Tools for teaching, ressources and easy to download guides on music, drawing, photography and video

Google 2018 Overview video, just a fun video

Friday, November 9, 2018

Food for thought on education English & Français Nov 2018

In English

1. World Teacher Day Google Video

2. The Glossary of Education Reform is a comprehensive online resource that describes widely used school-improvement terms, concepts, and strategies.

 En Français

2. Article du journal de québec 

Des bulletins sans lettres ni pourcentages

3. L'indentité numérique, Commision scolaire de laval

4. ÉducArt est une invitation à découvrir la collection du Musée par des ressources pédagogiques en ligne, superbe platforme interactive.

Tech Tips November 2018 & Ed Tech Teacher Conference

This week, myself, Sylvain Decelles, Elisabeth Jean and Stephanie Lafortune went to the Ed Tech Teacher Summit in Boston. 

We compiled all the presentation links into a padlet to share with you. Elisabeth added also some sketchnotes she created of different sessions.

I am very happy that Elisabeth Jean co-presented with me at the conference on AR & VR in the classroom, here is a direct link to our presentation

One of the projects we presented was a small guided tour of Selwyn House in french produced by students, once you open it click the gear and turn on narration.

Pushed out Google Add-ons

You may have noticed some additional add-ons pushed out to your Chrome browser namely Talk & comment, Screencastify and Checkmark, instead of writting about each app, I made a a small tutorial video for each one.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Conférence Repenser l'école

En fin de semaine, j'ai eu l'opportunité de faire partie de Repenser l'école. Cette conférence gratuite mais sur invitation, qui fût au musée des beaux arts dans des locaux fantastique, crée des équipes mixes de gens diversent et leur donnent une journée pour préparer un pitch sur une école repenser. Il y a quelques consignes mais il y a beaucoup de liberté. Durant la journée de 9:00am à 9:00pm, le samedi, tu travailles en équipe pendant que des experts neurologue, directrice d'institutions, des membres de la communauté ed tech, architect/designer circule à travers les groupes pour vous donner des conseils et vous guide dans vos réflections. Le dimanche, tu fais ton pitch de 5 minute devant une audience. On a aussi eu la chance d'entendre Marc-André Carignan entrevue ledevoir à propos de son livre sur l'état physique des écoles.

Pour présenter notre projet final, nous avons fait un site web

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

September 2018 Tech Tips & Free PD

I plan on going to many conferences this year so stay tuned for many updates and cool ideas in the next few months.

Wow a great free service for gathering short video answers to questions and giving feedback. Also supports single sign-on with google.

Big update, you can now embed almost anything, youtube videos, google maps, web pages, etc... Definitely worth discovering.

Google Classroom 
Want to know more about the 2018 redesign check out this article for all the details

Seesaw PD tutorials, so many to choose from:

Free PD conference in-person and online

Remixed Ed conference 
at concordia sort of an ed camp style conference organized in partnership with LEARN

Le cadre21 offre toutes ces formations en ligne gratuitement en lien avec la nouvelle stratégie numérique

Thursday, June 14, 2018

June 2018 Tech Tips

So as we end the year, here are a few tools to check out over the summer.

Google is the greatest search engine but it can be difficult to get exactly what you want, so here are a few tips that can help you search better.

New Google Sites now allows duplicating and copying of sections. Perfect for creating templates.
Here is a tutorial:

Create Infographics with Google Slides, here are tutorials and templates to get started

another neat Google Slides Template is for creating Sticky notes, check it out

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

March 2018 Tech Tips

1. Google Arts & Culture has released an exploration of the British Librarie's exhibition on Harry Potter for free to explore.

2. Webpaint chrome extension Webpaint allows you to annotate live web pages and take screenshots. Check out Tom Mullaney youtube channel for more tips and this great tutorial on how to use webpaint with Google Keep.

3.Google Keep. Googles answer to the notebook, reminder, to do list, etc... all synchronized across all your devices, but one cool feature is the image to text feature. Insert a photo of any text, book, manual into Google Keep and by using its character recognition built in, you can search for the document or extract the text.

Google Keep in education

4. Padlet has done some major updates and are totally worth checking out, the new arrows features allows you to guide students.

5.Kaizena is a Google Add-on that allows you to not only do text comments but voice comments as well. Students also need the add-on but do not need to create an account.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Clair 2018

Here is an overview of what was at the Clair conference, this is my third year attending and again this conference is probably one of the best and most unconventional conferences you can experience. Clair is probably one of the best french educational conferences. I decided to write this summary in english since I assumed not many english reviews have been done but the video content is of course in french.

First we need to talk about the school that has been hosting the conference for 9 years. Le centre d'apprentisage du Haut-Matawaska, is a small 190 students, public K to Grade 8 school located about 30 minutes outside Edmundston, New-Brunswick. Their is a lot of magic happening at this school, mainly that everyone seems very focused on what benefits the students learning, not just the administration and staff but students, parents and the community as well. It really feels as if your part of the local family when you attend the school. Between speakers, we get performances by students some of which are outstanding, their must be something special in the water in the area.

Its starts off with a formal opening ceremony followed by a keynote, this year it was Margarida Romero who spoke about the development of 21st century competencies and how programming and robotics can be integrated into the pedagogical learning. We also had the company of both the minister of education of new-brunswick and quebec in attendance. Link to presentation.

The following morning we get to visit the school during a regular school day. The students showcase their projects, and you really get a sense that the students are engaged and love what they are doing. Even graduated students return during Clair to volunteer and help out, they love their school and they are really proud of their work. Small video Labo-créatif Ludovia

Right after lunch we got a keynote by Thierry Karsenti, a well known figure in the quebec edtech landscape. He is in charge of la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) en éducation.

We then break out in a sort of mini edcamp, people summit suggestions of topics, those similar are grouped together and assigned a room, people meet and discuss the subject. Its very open and you can go between subjects or have some time to reflect and discuss.

After dinner cocktail, a special ceremony was organized to award both the School for its outstanding contributions as an entrepreneurial community school receiving the first Quasar award and to its director Roberto Gauvin who received the Prix international Paul Gérin-Lajoie : Entrepreneur d’École, une distinction de grand mérite remise à une personne marquante, innovante, inspirante et engagée pour l’Éducation.

Right after dinner we got a a special ignite presentation, 6 presentations, 20 slides, 20 seconds each. These are quick presentations centered around an idea, each intended to inspire the audience. All the presentations are very good but I have to say NAO the robot was really cool. Link to presentation

The following morning is composed of two keynotes, the first was Pierre-Yves Rochat a swiss professor who worked a lot in Africa teaching students for years about electronics. He decided to develop a MOOC or Massive Open Online Course to try to reach even more students to his surprise his first class had gotten 160 000 students. Since then he has continued to work in Bénin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso,  Cameroun, and Congo. Link to presentation

The second keynote to close the conference was by Maryus Bourgeois  who spoke about leadership, because we are all leaders, especially to the students in the class. Link to presentation.

We ended with a nice "brayon" lunch before heading back to montréal.

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 2017 Tech Tips

I just came back from the Clair Conférence and I will have a write up done in the next few days,

I did want to write down a few tech tips,

Padlet a big update to Padlet has come out one noticeable feature is the addition of arrows allow for collaborative mind mapping not just with words but URLs, videos, images. Definetly worth checking out.

2. Kaizena Kaizena is a Google Docs add-ons that allows you to add not just comments
but Voice comments to pieces of work. You can reuse comments quickly and associate skills and tags. 
Once a student opens the doc file and has Kaizena installed, he can see and reply again with voice 
to your comments.

Augmented Reality inside our bodies, Virtuali-tees allow for a fun way of visualizing the inside of our bodies.

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